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Individual Profile

Oliver Blunt QC

Furnival Chambers - London

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  • 30-32 Furnival Street
  • London, Greater London, UK
  • EC4A 1JQ

Profile submitted by Oliver Blunt QC

Practice Areas

Entirely defence based practice specialising in murder, terrorism, and fraud and drugs cases.In the last two years has successfully represented News International’s Graham Dudman (Managing Editor). Brandon Malinsky (Night Editor) in two separate Operation Elveden trials involving the Sun Newspaper. Also instructed on behalf of three other editors/journalists whose cases were discontinued by the Prosecution prior to the trial. Twice instructed on behalf of the British Boxing Board of Control in two appeals (Couch and Chisora). Murder and Violent Crime: In the course of the last twelve months has conducted a series of gang related murders at the Central Criminal Court. Appeared for the lead appellant in R v Lewis Johnson and Others (seminal post-Jogee hearing before the Court of Appeal, comprising the Lord Chief Justice, President and Vice President of the QBD, 2016). Secured the acquittal of the principal defendant in R v Kessey and Others (CCC, Nov 2015). Previously conducted R v. Amoah and others (CCC, 2011, only murder/manslaughter acquittal in the first Victoria tube station murder trial), R v Peter Brown (Nottingham CC, 2010, double murder), R v Peter Tobin (Chelmsford CC, 2009, convicted serial killer), R v Ian Davis (CCC, 2009, double murder trial), R v Khan (CCC, 2010, arson related double murder) and R v Imran Hussain (CCC, 2010, Tooting double murder). Has also represented such clients as William Cockram (the Millennium Dome Robbery trial), Patrick Smith (Murder 2001-2, CCC), John Taft (the beauty in the bath’ murder trial, Liverpool CC, 1999), Syd Owen (‘Ricky’ of Eastender’s, wounding, Snaresbrook CC, 1995), Michael Sams (kidnapping, blackmail, murder, Nottingham CC, 1993). Fraud: Recently appeared in R v Colwell and Sayers (Newcastle CC, 2009, multi-million pound mortgage and tax fraud). Has also represented William Casey, acquitted in a multi-million pound arson/insurance fraud (CCC, 1997), Kounnou, a £200 million shipping fraud (CCC, 2003), Devi Schahou in the Goldman Sachs trial (Southwark, 2004), and Dorian Morris, principal defendant in multi-million pound money laundering trial, acquitted (Kingston CC 2005). Sexual Crime: Including high profile cases such as Richard Baker (DJ rapist, CCC, 1999) Drugs:Successfully defended the principal defendant in Mohanjit Bhatia and Others in a multi-million pound drugs conspiracy (Kingston Crown Court 2014). Also appeared in R v. Cornick and others (Liverpool CC, 2010) conspiracy to import cocaine and cannabis, R v Faponnle and others (Blackfriars CC, 2010, heroin distribution), and R v Goren and others (CCC, 2008, Turkish heroin importation). Represented such clients as Paul Wyatt (Bolton CC, 2002-3), and R v Hillier and others (£150 million cocaine importation 1993). Terrorism: Instructed in Ul-Haq and Others, an ISIS related trial (CCC 2016). Has acted on behalf of the Iranian Embassy and represented two members of the Consular Staff in separate terrorist trials at the CCC (Tabari Abcou/Fouladi). Appeared for the second defendant in R v Canning and Lamb (IRA trial, CCC, 1993), and in R v Shariff (21/7 trials, Kingston CC, 2007).

Professional Memberships

SE circuit, Criminal Bar Association.

Career

Called to the Bar 1974. Queen's Counsel 1994. Recorder 1991.

Personal

Born 8 March 1951. Married with four children. Member of Roehampton Club, Rossyln Park Rugby Club and Barnes Cricket Club.